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Shown above is an early 20th century product from the famous German doll’s house manufacturer, Moritz Gottschalk. It dates to after 1910, when the company started to mass-produce models with red roofs for the international market.

Comprised of seven rooms, the 3ft 1in x 2ft 10in (96 x 87cm) doll’s house is in original condition, apart from the trellises of the front balconies that have been replaced. The contents include an original dresser, lavatory and bath with additional furniture by other companies of the same period such as G&L Lines.

Cheshire saleroom Adam Partridge will offer the piece in its November 23 auction, estimated at £1800-2200.

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Furniture and pictures from the collection of career diplomat and crime fiction writer Richard Parsons will be incorporated into Cheffins’ fourth and final Fine Art Sale of the year held on November 28-29 in Cambridge

Parsons left the Diplomatic Service in 1987 and retired to Whittington, near Kings Lynn, where he focused on his writing and gave talks on his diplomatic adventures at the town’s literary festival.

From the collection is this c.1612 portrait miniature, above, by Isaac Oliver (1565-1617) depicting Parsons’ ancestor, Thomas Fones.

Fones went on to become Mayor of Plymouth in 1619, the year before the Mayflower set sail from the port to the New World. Estimate £3000-5000.

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A 19th century silver mounted Scottish Highland dirk, engraved to the silver hilt with period Celtic symbols and mythical beasts, is guided at £2000-3000 in the Cuttlestones auction in Penkridge, Staffordshire, on November 22-23.

The dagger is stamped Edinburgh 1886 and bears a maker’s mark, probably for Peter Macgregor Westren, a goldsmith and manufacturer of Scottish jewellery.

It comes with a silver mounted leather sheath, three mounts with matching engraving and a knife and fork en suite.


This recently rediscovered work by Evelyn Dunbar (1906-60), above, is the third painting of the artist’s so-called Joseph Trilogy.

The signed 18 x 14in (46 x 35cm) oil on canvas, titled Joseph in prison, is included in Woolley & Wallis’ Modern British and 20th century art sale in Salisbury on December 4.

Dunbar conceived the idea of painting the most significant moments in the Old Testament account of Joseph’s life in the late 1930s, but it wasn’t until after the Second World War that she completed it.

The other two paintings in the trilogy are Joseph’s Dream, which sold for £60,000 at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins last year, and Joseph in the Pit, currently in a private collection.

Joseph in prison, completed in 1949-50, was privately sold by Dunbar to a Mr LF Herbert, whose name is inscribed to the verso. It was later lent back to Dunbar for the only solo exhibition of her career, at Withersdane in Kent in December 1953.

Estimate £3000-5000.